summer school 2012
The Abruzzi School Garden project was the subject of an award-winning documentary “A Garden in Shigar” by Mahera Omar of afewmofilms.com
Nusrat, Khezran, Zakia, Asiya and Sajida are five young women from the scenic Shigar Valley in the mountainous northern areas of Pakistan. As interns with the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP), their project is to landscape the Abruzzi secondary school’s garden in the village of Sainkhor, Shigar, Baltistan. Tahereh, their guide and mentor, has come all the way from Los Angeles, California, to teach the women the principles of design and landscaping. In learning these skills to transform a rubble strewn field into a one-of-a-kind teaching garden, these women sow the seeds for their own transformation.
More than 30 experts and directors spoke on WVN’s panels to provide further insight and context for the Festival films. Abruzzi School project leader Tahereh Sheerazie was part of the panel “Women in the Workforce”.
“A Garden in Shigar” had it’s Middle East premiere at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival in Doha, Qatar April 24, 2011.
You can watch the complete documentary on Vimeo: A Garden in Shigar.